Willett shines as Donald leads English charge at Sun City

Sat Dec 6, 2014 11:30am EST
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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Danny Willett produced the outstanding round of the day as overnight leader Luke Donald maintained a one-shot advantage going into Sunday’s final round of the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City.

Ross Fisher was two shots further back in third as the English trio surged clear at the top of the leaderboard after Saturday’s third round.

Donald leads on 13 under par after a steady 69 in the third round in which he failed to find the spark that took him to within one of the course record on Friday.

Willett, whose only European Tour win came in 2012, carded a seven under par 65 including eight birdies and an unlucky bogey on the 13th.

That was his only error as the 27-year-old gained momentum with an early birdie on the second.

Fisher led after the first round and needed a steady hand as he carded four birdies but also two dropped shots in his 70.

Some way back in fourth position on five under par was German Marcel Siem, who carded a 71 for a total of 211.

"It was a little bit of hard work on the back nine, I didn’t hit the fairway enough which I did well yesterday," Donald said in a TV interview.

"The pins were a little tighter today and from the rough it was hard to be aggressive.   Continued...

Danny Willett of England watches his shot from the third tee during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro